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Encouraging Writing

David Philips

Writing and going to school are intimately linked in the minds of many people. The second 'R; even more than reading, is regarded as a particularly school-like activity, and images of pupils huddled over desks gripping their pens, scrawling out lines on a clean page, readily spring to mind. The twin notions that pupils write a great deal at school, and that they go to school mainly to learn to write, are difficult to dislodge and have an almost mythical quality about them. There seems to be no truth in the first assumption, however, while the second one misconstrues the purpose of both schools and learning to write.

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